An Actor in the Office: Tips to Making Your Day Job Creative

6 Similarities of Working in an Office and Working on a Cruise Ship

I used to do this:

Now I do this:

As creatives, we have a challenge before us: to live a life filled with joy, connection, and fearlessness, and share those traits with others via our chosen medium of expression. How do we do this? Even in a cubicle?

6 Similarities of Working in an Office and Working on a Cruise Ship

  1. Both jobs involve a performance for an audience. Aren’t all jobs about helping people do something?
  2. Both jobs can become tedious and boring… if we let them.
  3. Both jobs have a dress code. Granted, one is more ‘flashy’ than the other.
  4. Both jobs require skills that can be learned, honed, and perfected.
  5. Both jobs afford to opportunity to pack on the pounds. I’m speaking from experience here. Just sayin’.
  6. All jobs are creative. Really. No, I’m serious.

All jobs require time and effort. I’m a wee bit selfish with my time and the idea of ‘renting’ myself out 40 hours a week feels a bit like a modern form of prostitution… if I let that attitude creep in. We have to choose to see every thing through artist eyes.

Hmmmm. I just looked at those pics again. I really ought to smile more. Although in the “Top Hat Happy” pic, a smile may detract from the beauty of the purple sequins.

What are your tips to keeping your day job creative? How do you think like an artist while shuffling papers, answering calls, or replying to e-mails?

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